The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Friday afternoon announced the appointment of Althea Padmore as acting Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Newly acting Head of SOCU Althea PadmoreThe Police, however, did not release the credentials and qualifications of Padmore, who was appointed to manage one of the most important unit within the force.When contacted, the Public Relations Office directed all questions in connection with the appointment to the Police Commissioner. However, calls to the Top Cop went unanswered. On Thursday, Commissioner Leslie James had promised that an appointment will be made before the end of the week.Padmore replaces Head of the Unit Sydney James, who is currently on administrative leave amidst allegations of mismanagement of funds at the unit.The decision to send him on leave came months after a special audit had unearthed several instances of mismanagement of funds and falsification of documents at the entity. The audit had also found some unaccounted-for expenditure which could not be verified by a paper trail.The audit was ordered by the Police Commissioner in February. Although the Top Cop has not commented on the findings of that audit, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had described the revelations as “damning”.The probe into the operations of the white-collar crime-fighting Unit was triggered after the former British adviser, Dr Sam Sittlington, had made a number of allegations against the Unit.Following those allegations, James was questioned over allegations of improper spending. This is in light of the ongoing investigation and audit which was conducted after termination of the British adviser’s services.The Public Security Minister had confirmed that an investigation was ongoing into the matter and he had noted that there were allegations of monies not being spent properly and had said it is now within the jurisdiction of the investigators to understand the spending procedures at SOCU.After being fired amidst a conflict-of-interest scandal, Sittlington had revealed that SOCU had not been operating in the manner in which it should and he had said there are instances of improper spending.The parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has maintained that SOCU, which was set up to fight money-laundering and other white-collar crimes, has become a political Unit under the APNU/AFC regime.The PPP had said that Sittlington was going beyond his advisory role and was taking on executive functions. It was pointed out that Sittlington was going on operations such as raids and arrests.Questions were previously raised about the Police investigating James and whether there could be any bias involved; however, the Public Security Minister had assured that the investigation was perfectly normal and that in addition to the Police’s own internal audits ongoing at SOCU, the Auditor General could come in and take control of the proceedings.He had said the Police auditors were seeking to better understand the systems which had been in place for spending at the agency.
Well, what a surprise. Is Pam Anderson the one-time “Baywatch” actress turned middle-age spectacle, splitting from her third husband, Rick Salomon, after less than three months of matrimonial bliss? Salomon, most famous for being in Paris Hilton’s sex video and profiting off of it, has also been married three times – including once to Shannen Doherty. And remember, gay people in this country can’t even get married once. Previously married to Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, Pam filed divorce papers Friday. A few days later, she was seen shopping with him. Then on Monday, she posted this message on her web site: “P.S. We’re working things out.” I have my own message for Pam: P.S. Stop getting married! You don’t seem to be very good at it. Evert finds love in golfer Norman And while we are on the topic of multiple marriages, Chris Evert is hoping she will be third-time luckier in the matrimony department than three-strikes-you’re-out Pamela Anderson Lee Rock Salomon. America’s tennis-playing sweetheart during much of the ’70s and ’80s, announced her engagement over the weekend to golfer Greg Norman. Chrissie, now 53, has had a storied love life including a broken engagement to Jimmy Connors, dates with Burt Reynolds and then-President Ford’s son, Jack, marriage to British tennis player John Lloyd, an affair with British singer Adam Faith, a second marriage to Olympic skier Andy Mill. The six-time U.S. Open champion had three sons with Mill before a shock announcement in fall 2006 that they had split after 18 years. The timing was curiously close to the break-up of Norman’s 28-year marriage. Norman’s ex-wife, Laura Andrassy, has called Evert a home-wrecker but told London’s Sunday Telegraph: “I don’t really care. But if that’s what they want, then so be it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the months before the acclaimed drama “The Kite Runner” opened in theaters last weekend, director Marc Forster tried to explain to the film’s star, Khalid Abdalla, that life as he knew it was about to change. “He keeps telling me, `Enjoy your anonymity while you can,”‘ Khalid told me recently. The movie, just nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, is based on the novel of the same name. Khalid plays Amir, a man who returns to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to heal his past after spending two decades in America. Although he’s been acting professionally since he was 15, much of Khalid’s work had been on the London stage. “The Kite Runner” is just his second film, which he shot after completing a role in “United 93.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe 27-year-old actor divides his time among London, Paris and Cairo but is quick to say “wherever there’s a great job, that’s where I want to be. … I want to be part of films that tell extraordinary stories whatever they may be whether they’re comic, tragic, human, horror. That’s what I want to do.” Khalid was born in Glasgow, Scotland, of Egyptian heritage and honed his acting skills while attending Cambridge University. He gives much credit to Forster – the director of “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland” among other films, for helping him transition from stage to screen. “He’s an extraordinary director,” Khalid said. “You don’t get to work with the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, Emma Thompson, Halle Berry – and the list goes on and on – you don’t get to work with the likes of those people unless you are someone very, very special. He’s an extraordinary, sensitive man with a great eye on people and on the world and he’s a technical master of his craft. You feel supported no matter what you’re doing.” Third time not a charm